Video: Ypsilanti City Council Dec 16, 2008

February 5, 2009 by  
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Former Mayor Cheryl Farmer rejected for position on Ethics board.

Brandy’s Party Store

The main topic of the second regular December meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council was an impromptu hearing on Brandy’s Liquor Shoppe. Brandy’s, old timers call it Forbes Party Store, on West Michigan and Summit has been the subject of numerous complaints by neighbors and city police as a chronic nuisance. Ypsilanti Police said there have been nearly three times as many calls for service at Brandy’s than any other party store in Ypsilanti. Thirteen people, including Mr. and Mrs Hanna owners of Brandy’s, spoke in favor of the store and asked the city council to stop the court action.

The City Attorney had filed a show cause notice with the intent of declaring Brandy’s a nuisance and ordering it closed for one year. Council had previously voted to postpone the court hearing for 60-days with the hope the owners and City Attorney could work out an agreement.

Citizen Board Appointments

Normally Citizen appointments are a formality. The Mayor makes the appointment and council approves the appointment to the board or commission. Tonight was no different as City Council approved the appointment of Thomas (Scotty) James to DDA and Krista Nordberg to Human Relations Commission.

The third appointment, former Mayor Cheryl Farmer to the Ethics Board, drew special attention from Council. In a rare move, Council voted 5 to 2 to reject Farmers appointment.

After the vote, Mayor Paul Schreiber (Dem) chastised the council for the apparent divisiveness and said he hoped this was not a sign of things to come, Schreiber said it was the practice of past councils to speak with a unanimous voice.

Schreiber had tried to appoint Farmer to the Ethics board before the November election when he had a majority voting block on Council. However the City Charter prevented Farmer from being seated before two new council members took office in November. Incumbent John Gawlas (Dem, Ward 2) lost his bid for a fourth term and Brian Filipiak (Dem, Ward 3) decided to not run for a second term.

All three of the candidates Schreiber backed for the November election, Gawlas, Rod Johnson (Dem) running for an open seat, and Megan Turf (Dem) running against incumbent Lois Richardson (Dem, Ward 1), lost in the August primary.

Schreiber seemed surprised that Farmer was rejected, seemingly unaware that Farmer had actively, and in some cases, quite viciously campaigned against many of the City Council members now sitting on the board. The two votes Farmer received, Schreiber and Bill Nickels (Dem, Ward 2), were from the only two remaining council members Farmer backed in the 2006 election.

City Council Minutes, Dec 16, 2008

Video: Ypsilanti City Council Goal Setting Dec 13, 2008

February 4, 2009 by  
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Third Goal Setting session.

The Ypsilanti City Council held their third goal setting session this evening.

Presentation by Stewart Beal

Mr. Beal presented an update on the Thompson Blok in Depot Town. Beal said that the Depot Town merchants were opposed to one of his earlier tenants. Beal said that Kircher was suing him in four different counties. Beal also said he was offended by an email sent by Council Member Pete Murdock (Dem, Ward 3). Beal said that he thought the City was his partner and he didn’t know that he had to address individual concerns. Beal also said that he would meet with any Council member.

Murdock in his remarks said he asked Mr. Beal for a meeting and showed an email where Beal refused to meet with Murdock. Beal said he did not remember the email.

There was about five minutes more of back and forth discussions between Council and Beal.

Goal Setting with Dr. Joe Ohren

Council then resumed their goal setting discussions led by Dr. Jow Ohren from Eastern Michigan University.

This meeting is always interesting as it is a round table with each city department head as well as the DDA and Housing Commission give their perspectives on budgets, services, and goals.

City Council Minutes, Dec 13, 2008